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NFL players given one day to respond to owners' request for stay of judge's decision to lift lockout

April 26, 2011 | 10:22 am

U.S. District Judge Susan Richard Nelson on Tuesday gave NFL players until Wednesday to respond to the owners' request for a stay of her decision to end the league-imposed lockout.

Reports from around the league Tuesday revealed that some players had shown up at team headquarters to work out without coaches present. A league spokesman said Tuesday that players who showed up for work would be treated with courtesy and respect, but DeMaurice Smith, the players association head, told ESPN Radio that the league was permitting "chaos."

"Guys are showing up because they want to play football and they're being told to go home," Smith said.

The NFL is poised to respond if Nelson denies their stay request by appealing to the U.S. 8th Circuit Court of Appeals in St. Louis.

If the lockout injunction is upheld, the league must resume business and proceed either to a new collective bargaining agreement within the framework of a lawsuit filed by the players or revert to the terms of the 2010 labor agreement.

If the appeals court overturned Nelson's ruling, the lockout would continue for an undetermined period


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Photo: Pittsburgh Steelers players Charlie Batch, left, and Ryan Clark report to the team's training facility Tuesday. Credit: Jared Wickerham / Getty Images